Well, I must say..... today's kindergarten conversation was a new one for me! To set up the story, I must tell you what we discussed yesterday. I was asked by one of the students, "what do we do if we are in the washroom and there is a code white?" So down to the washroom we went as a class and discussed what our job was in order to be safe. It was decided that a good idea was to lock yourself in a stall and stand on the toilet seat so nobody could see your feet. On the way back to room, I enjoyed listening to the conversations being had and hearing the kiddoes discuss their new "strategy" in case of an emergency!
Well, this morning, we were reviewing what our "strategy" was. I made a joke that the only time anyone was to ever, ever, ever (insert repeated evers) stand on the toilet seat was if a code white was announced and they were in the washroom. One kiddoe than piped up in response, "yea, because if you stand on the toilet seat, you might fall and then have toilet water feet!" Immense giggles filled the room. Another kiddoe spoke, "good thing we aren't small so that if we did fall, we wouldn't flush down the toilet!” Of course our topic of the day then arose immediately. "Ms. S," I was asked, "where does the toilet water go?"
I proceeded to turn the chart paper to a fresh page and wrote out our question. Below are our predictions.
It is so amazing to watch the engagement of children when you are discussing something in which they are interested. These are all of the concepts which were indirectly taught today through one simple question:
- A question mark goes at the end of a sentence which is a question.
- number familiarity - what comes before/after, show me with your fingers, show me in a different way
- writing strategies discussed: sounding out, look around the room for a word, listen for chunks
- making connections to self and previous experiences
- modeled and shared writing
- turn taking
- and lastly, oral language building
I am excited to continue our discussion on Monday and have found a few websites and videos for us to discuss and watch. This is why I love Kindergarten.... you never know what is going to happen!!